We all understand that children learn and experience the world by playing. Using creativity and imagination allows them to work through problems and express themselves without conforming to societal expectations. It is an important part of a child’s development that shouldn’t be overlooked. The way a child plays can say a lot about them and the way they’re dealing with life. That’s what makes using playtime for therapy helpful.
Play therapy is a well-established discipline that has been practiced since as far back as 1919. The idea involves allowing children to play in a safe and confidential environment with as few restrictions as possible. The therapist may give the children the leisure of doing as they please without instruction, or in other cases, they might direct the children’s playtime to speed up results. This allows the therapist to communicate with them non-verbally, giving the children a way of expressing thoughts and feelings they may not be able to put into words. Assessing this, the therapist is better able to provide insight on what kind of treatment a child may need. Children with behavioral issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses can benefit from these practices. While in the playroom, children may be on their own or in a group depending on the circumstances. Specific toys and activities are often used to encourage self-expression and positive behavior. Anything from arts and crafts, music, dancing, or role-playing games may be used for this purpose. Sessions typically last between 30 – 45 minutes uninterrupted. It is important that the child feels free enough to express themselves with as little distraction as possible from outside factors. At the Connections Wellness Group, we strive to connect patients with real life-changing solutions to their overall wellbeing. Appointments can be scheduled within 24 hours, and our team of exceptionally trained therapists is ready to help however they can.